Research Outline

Addiction Resources


To obtain a list of resources for families dealing with addiction and helping their loved ones to recover from addiction. Resources should be aimed both at providing options for families to help support their loved ones, as well as support for themselves.

Early Findings

Hazeldon Betty Ford Foundation

  • The Hazeldon Betty Ford Foundation provides family and children support programs geared towards helping the families of addicts.
  • "By the time most families reach out for help and drug treatment, the disease of addiction has typically progressed to a crisis level for the addict and family alike. Our programs and services at Hazelden Betty Ford are designed to help not only people who have addiction but the entire family—from spouses to parents or caregivers to siblings and children—because everyone affected by alcohol or other drug abuse needs support, care and healing."
  • They have locations in California, Oregon, and Minnesota.

American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry

  • The AAAP has compiled a list of resources, organizations, and websites geared at supporting the families of addicts.
  • The linked resources provide both options and support for finding treatment for addicts, as well as treatment options for families dealing with a loved one's addiction.

SMART Recovery

  • SMART Recovery provides a number of resources, groups, and meetings for families of addicts.
  • "Are you looking for resources to help you support someone struggling with addiction? Is someone else’s addiction negatively affecting you? Perhaps you’re seeking an alternative to tough love? We provide effective, easy-to-learn tools to help both you and your loved one."
  • While the organization provides local, in-person meetings, they also have online meetings available.

Addictions and Recovery

  • In addition to providing resources for recovering addicts, Addictions and Recovery also provides a number of support systems for families of addicts.
  • The website provides a detailed support page explaining the impact of addiction on family members and linking to relevant resources.

American Addiction Centers

  • The American Addiction Center has dedicated a portion of their website not just to supporting recovering addicts, but to supporting their families.
  • More specifically, the organization has provided both online information, as well as treatment options for families.
  • "Family can be one of our greatest sources of physical security and emotional support. But family environments can also foster destructive emotions and behaviors, including substance abuse and addiction."